Friday, October 5, 2007

Apple Pie Bread Pudding

Wait -- you didn't know you could make desserts in your crockpot too! I LOVE this one. Your house smells wonderful, your oven doesn't get all hot and messy, etc. It is particularly good for small dinner parties (see the wonderful smell thing).

Apple Pie Bread Pudding

12 slices white or wheat bread-- torn into medium-size pieces
3 1/2 cups cooking apples -- cored, peeled and chopped
1 cup unsweetened apple juice
1/2 cup lemon-lime soda
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons apple pie spice

Spray slow cooker with butter-flavored nonstick cooking spray. Combine bread pieces and apples in slow cooker. In small bowl, combine apple juice, soda, sugar and apple pie spice. Drizzle evenly over bread mixture. Mix gently to combine. Cover and cook for 6 hours on low, or until done. Mix well before serving.

Now for a DS tidbit --

Can a child with Down syndrome go to school?
Yes. There are special programs beginning in the preschool years to help children with Down syndrome develop skills as fully as possible. Along with benefiting from early intervention and special education, many children are integrated into the regular classroom. Many affected children learn to read and write, and some graduate from high school and go on to post-secondary programs or college. Individuals with Down syndrome participate in diverse childhood activities both at school and in their neighborhoods.

While there are special work programs designed for adults with Down syndrome, many people with the disorder hold regular jobs. Today, an increasing number of adults with Down syndrome live semi-independently in community group homes where they take care of themselves, participate in household chores, develop friendships, partake in leisure activities and work in their communities.

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